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What Is Recovery Like After Having A Thymoma Removed
Depends: If you have thymoma removed by "traditional" technique, median sternotomy (split breast bone), recovery can be several months. Modern techniques will allow you to go home day after surgery and recovery within few weeks or less. I encourage patients to seek out a well trained, modern, minimally invasive thoracic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: Recovery after thymoma differs depending on the type of surgery done to remove the thymus e.g. Sternotomy, cervical approach, minimally invasive (vats, or robotic). The pain may take weeks to months to get better. If your pain is not improving or if its getting worse you should contact your surgeon. They can tell you exactly what to expect at your stage of recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a thymoma removed last year and I was told it was benign and was fully encapsulated. But now every little pain and throb in my chest makes me ne?
I had a thymoma removed via median sternotomy 4 months ago. I am still having fairly moderate pain. Is this normal? When can I go back to work?
mother in law had a >7cm long 3cm wide thymoma removed 2 wks ago. It was well encapsulated per surgeon. No biopsy results as of today? Is that normal
No: While thymomas are not the most common mediatinal tumor they do occur and occasionally reach a size greater than 5 cm. The malignant versions are more rare but it is essential that the diagnosis be established because metastasis from metastatic thymoma is recognized and must be treated accordingly ...Read more
Lab, imaging and bio: Ct imaging can help the environment, both location and size. Blood tests are used to help clarify its presence, and look for associations with myasthenia gravis. Testing that can done and include test to see for associations to myasthenia gravis, that include antibodies to acetylcholine receptor, blood counts, chemical panels looking at liver and kidney, immune evaluation of the cells inside. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be none: Up to half of people can have no symptoms. It can be found by accident when a chest film or ct scan is performed and a mass is found. Since it is the middle of the chest and if it grows large it can cause compression symptoms such as trouble swallowing or chest pain. It is looked for with certain diseases: myathenia gravis and can be associated with connective tissue and autoimmune diseases. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Anterior mediastinum: Thymoma is a tumor that starts in the thymus. The thymus sits in font of the heart behind the sternum or breast bone. This area is called the anterior mediastinum. Thymoma can spread to other parts if the body like the lungs. But this is rare and they are usually contained within the thymus in the anterior mediastinum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thymoma: Thymoma = tumor that originates from thymus tissue. ...Read more
I have just recently learned that I have a thymoma and my former husband had one 8 years ago? Seem strange? I thought that this was rare? Does it seem strange that we both would have one.
Unusual: As dr. Stegman notes, it is an unusual coincidence. I concur, if not done already, you should consult with a skilled thoracic surgeon to assess best surgical approach. The majority of thymomas can be removed/resected using minimally invasive techniques such as vats or robotic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adjuncts only: Surgery is your mainstay of therapy when the thymoma is operable. Radiation and perhaps chemotherapy as appropriate. Complementary and comfort measures may be very helpful. "Alternative" practitioners nowadays tend to be the ones who talk darkly about conspiracies to hide easy cures. These are all phony. Don't reward these folks with your money, no matter how desperate you may be. ...Read more
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